Not Giving Up! Letter to Government Office NW: pg 25 of Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

20 years ago – 20 miles away from Sellafield as the crow flies ….Not Giving Up!

Wastwater Chronicles

pg 25 Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

July 23rd 1996

Not giving up!  Letter to Government Office NW

Dear Mr S. A. MacDonald,

Further to our telephone conversation, I am writing to you concerning the proposed felling of the Rusland Beeches.  On Friday 19th July the Lake District Planning Board rode roughshod over public opinion and disregarded a report by two highly regarded experts which concluded that the majority of the trees are healthy.  The ‘Save the Rusland Beeches’ campaign presented the Planning Board with 3,200 signatures (and rising) and the report commissioned by objectors confirming local feeling that the National Park is going over the top.

The fact is that these trees have withstood the severe storms  of 1987 and 1988 which flattened both young and old trees in the Lake District.  Last winter we had exceptionally heavy snowfall.  The Rusland Beeches survived these events, which in a trees life was only a second ago, only…

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